Subject:  What kind of spider is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Peru-Machu Picchu
Date: 08/29/2021
Time: 05:48 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! I saw the spider pictured in my photo on a rock at Machu Picchu in late August.
How you want your letter signed:  Melinda

Trapdoor Spider we believe

Dear Melinda,
This is a primitive spider in the Infraorder Mygalomorphae, a group that includes Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders.  Your individual does not look hairy enough to be a Tarantula, so we suspect it is a Trapdoor Spider.  We did try to locate matching images online with no luck, though we searched for both Tarantulas and Trapdoor Spiders in Peru.

Update:  Linothele uniformis
A special thanks to Cesar Crash of Insetologia who wrote in identifying this Mygalomorph as a Funnel Web Spider, Linothele uniformis, and providing this link to Science Press.

 

Location: Machu Picchu, Peru

2 Responses to Funnel Weaver Spider from Machu Picchu: Linothele uniformis

  1. Cesar Crash says:

    I think it’s Linothele uniformis, a new species, or close to it. They are funnel weavers.
    https://sciencepress.mnhn.fr/en/periodiques/zoosystema/43/10

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